March 5, 2008 | 1:47 pm
Posted by Brad A. Greenberg
In the wake of the “controversy” surrounding the Rev. John Hagee’s endorsement of John McCain for president—comparisons have been made to Farrakhan’s desire for a black president, a veiled endorsement that Barack Obama repudiated—The Forward offers a run down of some of Hagee’s most explosive comments.
On Hurricane Katrina: âAll hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for thatâ¦ I believe that Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.â
On the Catholic Church: âMost readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking Adolf Hitler and the Roman Catholic Church in a conspiracy to exterminate the Jews.â
On Muslims: Asked whether he believes that Muslims have a mandate to kill Christians and Jews, Hagee replied, âWell, the Koran teaches that. Yes, it teaches that very clearly.â On women: âDo you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick. Do you know the difference between a terrorist and a woman with PMS? You can negotiate with a terrorist.â
On the Antichrist: âHeâs going to make a seven-year treaty with Israel and set up his image to be worshiped in Israel. And that is where Iâm convinced that a Jewish person who understands who he is shoots him, because the Bible says heâs wounded in the head and recovers wondrously, emulating the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At this point in time when he comes back to life he has the personality of a Hitler. He now pursues the Jewish people. The Jewish people then go to Petra, which is a place in Jordan that is a natural fortress. And that God is going to provide for them there protection from him. And as he gets ready to pursue him, the Bible says that he, the Antichrist, hears tidings from the east that disturb him. The tidings from the east is thatâ¦ the Chinese army is marching up the Euphrates River, 200 million of them, and theyâre moving toward the battle of Armageddon, because they want the oil that will make them a superpower.â
On the Israeli-Palestinian peace process: âWhen the Annapolis Conference was being planned and the topic of dividing Jerusalem came up, one man asked me, âWhere do you stand on this based on the Bible?â I responded that âthe plan of the Antichrist is to divide Jerusalem.â If America puts pressure on Israel to divide Jerusalem we are following the blueprint of the Prince of Darkness. Amos 3:2 states that any nation that divides the Land of Israel will come under the severe judgment of God.â
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